Lilly: UN Renews Focus on NCDs

Jul 10, 2014 12:10 PM ET


Today's guest blog comes from Lilly's Vice President of Global Health Programs and Access, Dr. Evan Lee.

The UN is holding its second-ever standalone meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) this week in New York City, where world’s political leaders and ministers of health will assess progress against the UN’s landmark 2011 Political Declaration on NCDs.

This is quite a big deal for the global health community focused on these challenges full-time. Virtually everywhere we work around the world, we are faced with the devastating – and growing – impact of diabetes, chronic lung and heart diseases, and cancer. We know patients are going without access to treatment while healthcare costs continue to skyrocket. Clearly solutions are needed and we are hopeful that this meeting will quicken the pace of collaboration.

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